The opening ceremony (Source: VNA)
Son La (VNA) – A 115-km stretch of the National Highway No 6 running through the provinces of Son La and Hoa Binh was re-opened to public on May 7 by the Ministry of Transport after a year of road works.

The upgraded stretch, funded to the tune of 600 billion VND (26.9 million USD) by the World Bank under the Vietnam Road Asset Management Project, made traffic smoother for road users and shortened travel time from Hanoi to Son La to about 4 hours.

Cam Ngoc Minh, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Son La said National Highway No 6 was known as the arterial route connecting Hanoi and the north-west region, so the upgrade was important.

It would help boost socio-economic development in the province and the north-west region, he said.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, National Assembly Vice-chairwoman Tong Thi Phong asked the Ministry of Transport to cooperate with administrations of the two provinces to operate the stretch.-VNA